I was going to change topics for this post, but while picking some of the last of the raspberries today I came across Houdini here – a Red Admiral butterfly caught under the netting. The netting does not go to the ground, but once you’re stuck you’re stuck. I quickly grabbed my camera for this picture before setting it free. I hope to get a better pic of one of these as they are quite beautiful, but I was too busy in the yard to sit and wait for the perfect moment. Ironically, Houdini flitted by me later when I was stuck in the blueberry patch on my hands and knees with netting caught on a back pocket button. Yes, this really happened and I’m glad Houdini isn’t a shutterbug.
And now I will briefly vent about the bullies. The initial admiration we had for some elegant lacy winged dragonflies has been replaced with disgust. I did not know dragonflies were carnivores that fed on other insects including beloved bumbles and butterflies. More than once this past week I have seen a large dragonfly chase a Monarch out of our yard and it just irks me – the bully. We want a safe place for butterflies to land and have some R&R. Why can’t they bother the little flying beetles that are chomping on our pole bean leaves and sour cherry!